3. PLAN YOUR EQUIPMENT
If you have two cameras, take both with you. Changing lenses up in the air can go wrong and takes some of your time, better spent enjoying the experience.
A telephoto zoom and a wide lens are always a great idea, especially if you will fly over a city but if you cannot get hold of one, a 24-70mm will do too. We have already talked about filters so don’t forget those either.
4. MIND THE SHUTTER SPEED.
It’s a fact. Even the smooth and modern helicopters vibrate. That’s why to avoid blurry pictures you need to figure out the settings you will be shooting with depending on the existing light.
Your shutter speed doesn’t really need to be mega fast. Depending on the lens you are using, 1/250 for wide lenses and 1/1250s and higher for telephoto lenses could do. And do not forget to adjust the rest of your settings (ISO and aperture) accordingly.
That will also help you to keep the blades out of the frame around once every 5 or 10 pictures lol. Trust me, shooting with a wide angle lens is lots of fun but those rotor blades are always in the middle! And without further context, they definitely do not belong there.
5. ENJOY THE RIDE!
You are flying on a freaking helicopter! Something definitely not attainable by everyone on this planet and an experience to remember.
So here and there, remember to put your camera away and simply enjoy the flight.
It is also a great idea to take a few shots including the helicopter itself to capture the experience. Like one of those where you can see part of the interior with the outside showing through the windows.
Is flying a helicopter on your list? Where did you experience it already? Have we missed any tips? Let us know in the comments below!